Week 10 : 5th March – 11th March 1967

Diary Shelf

Here’s what’s happening around the world this week:-

  • March 6th – The United Kingdom’s first natural gas from drilling operations in the North Sea was pumped ashore from the West Sole operation 70 miles off Easington, Yorkshire.
  • March 7th – CBS aired the first television news documentary in U.S. history to report on gay and lesbian issues. Hosted by Mike Wallace, and viewed by 40 million people, ‘The Homosexuals’ reflected the bias of the American Psychological Association, labeling homosexuality a, “mental illness” but also showed gays and lesbians as individuals whose civil rights were deprived.
  • March 7th – A former official of Cuba’s Ministry of Industry testified before a U.S. Senate subcommittee that the Soviet Union had resumed placement of intermediate range ballistic missiles in Cuba.
  • March 9th – A TWA DC-9 jet flying from Pittsburgh to Dayton, Ohio collided in mid-air with a small Beechcraft Baron executive plane over Concord Township, five miles from Urbana, Ohio. All 25 people on the DC-9 were killed, along with the Beechcrafts sole occupant. The accident would lead the Federal Aviation Administration to place speed restrictions on aircraft flying below 10,000 feet and would contribute to its decision to create terminal control areas (TCAs).
  • March 9th – Joseph Stalin’s daughter, Svetlana Alliluyeva, defected to the United States via the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, which then flew her to Rome and helped her find refuge in Geneva, Switzerland.
  • March 10th – The world’s largest jetliner, the Soviet Union’s Ilyushin Il-62, with seats for up to 200 passengers, inaugurated regular service with an Aeroflot flight from Moscow to Khabarovsk.
  • March 11th – The first list of endangered species was issued by Stewart Udall, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior with a total of 78 animals in the U.S. that were threatened with extinction. The list contained 14 mammals, 36 birds, three reptiles, three amphibians, and 22 fishes.

And this is what the family were up to in Oxshott:-

Sunday 5th March 1967
Mothering Sunday
Children presented me with a pot plant and nylons.
A lovely day – we didn’t get up as early as we had intended! So the morning went by very quickly. I went to Weybridge with the Turners – Di drove over the test course for my benefit! We went to church this afternoon. Cyril mowed the lawn.

Monday 6th March 1967
Beautiful Spring-like day – Pity to have to go to work! I have a great deal to do though and the money will be very useful this month (two trips to Worcestershire planned!). Keep thinking about my test!!

Tuesday 7th March 1967
Driving lesson
Had my 1½ hour at Weybridge. Time is drawing nearer. I wish I didn’t feel so nervous! PTA meeting tonight not terribly inspiring. I took Philip to Doctor Little this morning because of his ITCHY SPOTS. He’s given him a bottle of the red stuff he had as a baby. It seems to be making him a bit tearful.

Wednesday 8th March 1967
Worked all day and all evening until my eyes and head ached. Cyril very tired and he went to bed early. Philip has gone into cotton sheets – see if that will stop his ‘itches’.

Thursday 9th March 1967
Cyril’s birthday
Have been studying the Highway Code. Philip wasn’t so ‘itchy’ this morning and seems to be in good form. Cyril was pleased with the small gifts we gave him. He set off for Cardiff by road about 8:30 – rang tonight. Said he was there by 12:30. Played badminton for an hour.

Friday 10th March 1967
Driving lesson
Without any exaggeration, today was the worst ever driving lesson. I was just like a first time out-er!! Let’s hope I’ve had my attack of test NERVES!!! It’s been a ghastly day altogether – Cyril home at 5:30. Had finished the washing!!!

Saturday 11th March 1967
Cyril went up to Mays and put up the shelves for me when we had finished the shopping. I’ve worked this afternoon and shall find the shelves very useful. Played Canasta this evening. Children very pleased – I took them up to ‘Golliwog’ this morning. Gillian bought a magnetic mouse and Phil bought some wax crayons.





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